Effective October 1, 2015, students are required to be vaccinated against varicella disease, more commonly known as chickenpox.
All students in kindergarten through 12th grade will need to have two doses of varicella vaccine. Students attending a preschool or prekindergarten will need one dose of varicella. If a student has already had a case of chickenpox, documentation from a physician can be accepted in lieu of the vaccine. Additionally, students who already had two doses of the vaccine do not need to repeat it.
Students in 7th -12th grades will also be required to have one dose of pertussis (whooping cough) containing vaccine. In previous years, only a Td, or tetanus/diphtheria, shot was required. The new law adds the pertussis component.
The changes to the law were made to bring Montana’s immunization requirements more in line with the most current immunization recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). Additionally, the new requirements are intended to reduce the incidence of diseases like chickenpox and whooping cough both in school settings and in the community. Montana’s rates for both of these diseases are typically higher than any other state in the region.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s primary physician’s office or local health department.
Central Montana Health District-406-535-3983
Fergus County Nurses Office -406-535-7433
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